Monthly Archives: March 2013
By Justin Renck:
Louisville vs Duke. Pitino vs Krzykewski. A Final Four berth on the line. It doesn’t get much better than this! On Sunday around 5:05 pm, the Cards and Blue Devils will tip-off in Indianapolis, with the winner moving on to Atlanta in the Final Four. Back on November 21 of this season, these teams met in the Battle 4 Atlantis in the Bahamas, with Duke winning 76-71. Duke pretty much has the same team and plays the same way. The Cards are certainly a different team.
Meet The Opponent- Duke Blue Devils
- Besides Cincinnati and UCLA, Duke is the only other school to make 5 consecutive Final Four appearances.
- Coach Mike Krzyzewski is the winningest coach in NCAA Basketball history, amounting a win total of 927 games beginning at the start of this year.
- This is Duke’s 19th time in the Elite Eight, last going in 2010 where they beat Butler in the NCAA Championship game.
- Coach K is an astounding 11-1 in Regional Championship games. With a win tomorrow he ties John Wooden (UCLA) for most all-time Final Fours
Post Game Wrap Up
Coming into the game, coach Rick Pitino knew that this Oregon team was highly under seeded. Starting out the game, Louisville forced turnovers early and attacked the paint, with all 10 of their first points coming from the paint. Peyton Siva was in early foul trouble and had to sit down. It appeared that the Cardinals would struggle without Siva, however it was the opposite. The Louisville bench stepped up and players like Kevin Ware and Luke Hancock filled in the gap, as the Cards got up to a 24-8 lead early. As time ticked down, Oregon began to chop away at the lead. The Ducks went into the locker room, starving for a sign of life, down 45-31.
Here is the video of Doug Gottlieb’s “joke” on Thursday evening. Was this awkward or what?
Meet The Opponents- Oregon Ducks
Cardinal Pregame Event and Pep Rally
Time: 4:00 – 6:45 PM Location: Hyatt Regency Indianapolis, Regency Ballroom, One South Capitol Avenue, Indianapolis, IN Join fellow alumni and fans on Friday, March 29 at the Hyatt Regency Indianapolis for a pregame party and pep rally when the Overall #1 seeded Louisville Cardinals take on the Oregon Ducks. Joey Wagner will emcee and the UofL Pep Band, Cheerleaders, Lady Birds and Louie the Cardinal will make appearances. The NCAA games will be shown in the room during the event. Tickets are $27 per person in advance and $30 at the door. Includes pregame meal. Cash Bar. Register online or call 800-813-8635 or 502-852-6186.
Yep, that is what Travis Waldron thinks. Check out this nice little article that he wrote and decide for yourself. Basically, UK does it right, and UofL does it wrong. What do you think??? Here is the link to the site, but I have posted the article below. Pay attention to where he graduated from…
Travis Waldron is a reporter/blogger for ThinkProgress.org at the Center for American Progress Action Fund. Travis grew up in Louisville, Kentucky, and holds a BA in journalism and political science from the University of Kentucky. Before coming to ThinkProgress, he worked as a press aide at the Health Information Center and as a staffer on Kentucky Attorney General Jack Conway’s 2010 Senate campaign. He also interned at National Journal’s Hotline and was a sports writer and political columnist at the Kentucky Kernel, the University of Kentucky’s daily student newspaper.
Heading into the Sweet 16, here are the standings in the CSZ bracket challenge!
2013 NCAA Men’s Basketball Midwest Regional
For just the fourth time, Indianapolis will host an NCAA Men’s Basketball Regional. The event features two “Sweet 16” games on Friday, with the two winners meeting Sunday in the “Elite Eight.” The winner of that game advances to the NCAA Men’s Final Four in Atlanta.
Oregon Ducks – Starting Five
The Indianapolis region is loaded with the big-named coaches. Here is some other information on the teams that will be playing this weekend at Lucas Oil Stadium!
By Justin Renck and Steve Rummage:
*Be sure to check out the photo gallery at the bottom of the post!*
In the midst of March Madness and the men’s basketball Cards possibly making a deep run, I spent a couple of hours on Saturday morning with other fans at Papa John’s Cardinal Stadium’s practice fields as I watched the Sugar Bowl champs in an open practice. It honestly got to the point where I had to remind myself that the basketball team had a game later on against Colorado State. I felt like I was watching practice for a team that was about to take the field in a week to start the season!
POST GAME WRAP UP UL-82 CSU-56
“I’ve coached for… 100 years. This is the best second round opponent I’ve ever faced. This isn’t a good team. This is a great team. We’re going into the half like it’s 0-0.” These were the words of Louisville coach Rick Pitino, with his Cards up 14 going into the break. Colorado State surprised many people by hanging with Louisville for the better portion of the second half. Starting off 3/3 from downtown, the Rams made it known that they were in for a fight. In one of the most physical games of the tournament, Louisville exposed a key weakness of CSU and pressed early and often. The Rams, who only average 11 turnovers a game, had 10 turnovers at half time. The main ingredient of success for the Cards in the first half was guard Russ Smith, who finished with 27 points, 3 rebounds, 2 assists and 2 steals. With Rupp Arena painted red, the crowd was in full force for Louisville as they took to the locker room up 45-31.
(26-8, #8 Seed)
It took almost the whole day, but the Madness finally struck last night when a 14 seed took out a 3 seed. We also saw a furious comeback at Rupp, two 12 seeds from the Pac 12 advance, Brad Stevens continue his March magic, and VCU showed that they are here to make a statement. Needless to say, it was an exciting day of the NCAA Tournament. This first weekend is one of the most exciting weekends in sports in my opinion. Here is a quick recap of yesterday’s games…